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At 8:51pm on July 25, 2012, Patti Hall said…

Hi Amanda,

Please check out my Team Page for an incredible organization called the Akilah Institute for Women. I am deeply inspired by the work they are doing to help educate and train young women in post-genocidal Rwanda. In a scant two years, they will graduate their first class in August 2012 with 100% placement in the workforce. The curriculum model has been so successful that they plan to expand to other developing African nations. Scholarship money is crucial to help enroll more students.   Please check out my Team page and if you like what you see, I hope you will cast your vote for Akilah!

Thank you,

Patti H


At 3:39pm on July 24, 2012, Jasmine R. said…


I'm Jasmine, a 5fer intern and I am helping spread the word for Team Women LEAD.  The organization is led by two 22 year olds,Claire and Claire.
If you want to learn more about their work, you can read the discussions on their Team page , visit their website  or watch this!
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Women LEAD and their inspiring work!
At 2:38pm on July 3, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi there:
Our brand spanking new "How to Create Your Team Page" presentation is up and ready for your viewing pleasure right here. Any and all comments are beyond welcome!  Playbook to follow soon. Go MGEF!  Anna

At 12:13pm on June 21, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi Amanda:
We'll be running our next grant cycle from July 2 - 23 and hope you will want to participate again!  Can we touch base over the phone or Skype to disucuss your plans and whether or not you would like some help from interns this time around?  What days/times would be good for you to chat? Hope your summer is going well!  Anna

At 8:01am on May 5, 2012, Diana Lucey said…

I'm Diana, a 5fer intern, and am just dropping by to say "Thank you!" for being such a loyal and active 5fer.  It is because of members like you that we have been able to give away seven (yes, seven!) $5000 grants to organizations working to make the world fair for girls and women - and we're only a few hundred dollars away from our eighth!  We are so appreciative of the way you have put up with all our many growing pains and hope you keep on believing in our circle and the good we can do.  Thanks again…

At 6:05pm on April 24, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi Amanda:
I hope you are proud of what you achieved here in this grant cycle!  It is tough to go up against an incumbent with the kind of built in support that Camp VOICE had and I think you did well.  I know it is disappointing not to win but I think Camp VOICE has shown us that the group has a sense of loyalty toward organizations that show up and try hard over multiple cycles.

Our next grant cycle will probably be in late May/early June (depends on when we get to $5000!) and I do hope you and MGEF will stick around for it. I PROMISE I will set you up with an intern early and that my top priority will be getting that Team Leader Toolkit published.  If you want to talk things over, feel free to give me a call on Skype at fiveforfairness or at 310-454-4230.  

In the meantime, you might want to make sure your supporters stay subscribed to our newsletter - they can update their delivery preferences so they just get emails when it is time to vote - so you can count on them showing up for you again next time. More soon and GREAT JOB!  Anna

At 7:25pm on April 15, 2012, 5 for Fairness said…

Hi Amanda:
Yes, voting starts tomorrow.  A couple of housekeeping items for you, as Team leader:

1. Voting (fingers crossed) will start at 6PM PST and end on 4/23 at 6PM PST.

2. Gift memberships are much easier to give now. These are a great way to build up your Team LIKEs as well as votes. Here's the process:

  a)People indicate how many gift memberships they would like to give via our gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves) new Donation page.

  b)once they donate, they will be taken to a form to fill out the names and emails of their giftees

  c)the giftees will receive an email with a link to a form where they can collect their gift memberships.

  d)we add their emails to the voter database

  e)giftees get an email with a link to the ballot.

With the exception of us adding their emails to the voter database, the process is entirely automated so it should be much, much easier this time around.

3. Anyone who has ever donated - or received a gift membership - is eligible to vote but not everyone stays on our Mail Chimp mailing list so if you know who joined last time, send them an email with a link to the ballot after voting begins.

4. Keep posting and answering questions because I will send out three newsletters to those who have not voted during the week!

Got any questions? Fire away by leaving a comment on my page.

Good luck!


At 9:32am on April 14, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi there:
I am going to send out another newsletter later today, so if now would be a great time to add a new discussion, photo or video to your Team page so I can link to it and get 5fers to know more MGEF and your great work!


At 4:28pm on March 25, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi there:

We should be ready to start our grant cycle on Monday, April 2! We'll have two weeks of storytelling, begin voting week on April 16, end voting on April 23 and announce the winner on April 24.  It should be exciting and I do hope you are up for another round. 

Also, would you like an intern to help you during the grant cycle?  They can help spread the word, rally the troops, hunt for new votes and otherwise make your life easier. Lemme know!

We have a new Donate, Join & Gift Membership page which I hope will make donating and giving gift memberships much simpler.  Would love to know your thoughts on the way it is laid out.

Please let me know if you are up for Round 2! More soon!


At 10:17pm on February 17, 2012, 5 for Fairness said…

Hey Amanda:
We are trying, with each grant cycle, to make things simpler for new members here on 5 for Fairness, but we still have work to do!  It might be a good idea to check with your members who joined us here on the community site to make sure they donated and voted (and actually check with everyone you sent to us!).  If they are not sure, they probably haven't!    

If they donated at Paypal, they will have received a receipt from Paypal via email. If they didn't, they probably didn't donate.  

If they donate, we add them to our donor database and they get two emails from us: one is a welcome, the other a tax receipt.  Once they vote, they get an email thanking them for voting.  If they don't have any of these, they probably haven't donated or voted.

BUT sometimes emails go awry, so you can always email me or leave a comment on my page with their email addresses and I can check to see if they are in our voter database.

If you find they haven't donated or voted yet, here are really simple (I hope, tell me if they are not) directions that you can give them.

We are, as I suspect you guys are, a work in progress and our best hope is to use the mistakes of each grant round to make the next one a more fun, easy and meaningful experience for all our 5fers. Thanks for your patience and hard work.


At 8:03am on February 15, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi Amanda:

We're getting ready to vote and I just wanted to drop by and say I think you have done an amazing job as Team leader so far. I am sure, no matter what happens with the voting, that MGEF has found new supporters and fans over the last two weeks.  I know you've found one in me!  
You might want to let your supporters know about our new Gift Membership option which is an easy way for people to donate for friends and family (or anyone who can't deal with Paypal).  The process is simple and outlined right here:
A note of caution though: Gift memberships have to be processed by hand, and it can take more time for people to come and collect their gift, so though we'll try our best to process any Gift memberships we get on the last day of voting in time for people to vote, we can NOT guarantee any Gift memberships will be completely processed after 6PM PST on Tuesday 2/21. So tell people to get them in early!
If you have any questions about how voting week works, please let me know. Meanwhile, we'll be touting your Team on Twitter and here on 5 for Fairness!
Good luck and thanks for the great work you are doing to make the world a fair place for girls!
At 9:50am on February 11, 2012, 5 for Fairness said…

Hi Amanda.  Dropping by to let you know that we finally have a way for people to give and receive gift memberships. It's right here.
Keep up the great work!


At 9:31pm on February 9, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi Amanda:
We are getting close to the voting round and we need either MGEF's IRS letter of determination showing that you are a 501(c)3 or your fiscal sponsor's letter.  You can either email it to me at or better yet, post a discussion with the information so all our 5fers can see it.  Thanks!  Anna

At 6:21pm on February 8, 2012, Sam Harper said…

Hi Amanda

This is such a terrific cause! I was in Tanzania with my family a few years ago,visited with the Maasai and saw how great the need was for this kind of work. Cheers, Sam

At 8:42pm on February 6, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi Amanda:
Just checking in to see how things are going. Let me know if you need any help, have any questions, ideas, anything at all.  Keep up the great work!  Anna 

At 3:53pm on January 29, 2012, Anna McDonnell said…

Hi Amanda - love your profile picture!  Just dropping by to let you know we just finished a  new version of the Team Leader Playbook which I think you might find helpful. It's got information on all the basics of setting up your Team page and getting started.  More to come!  Anna

At 3:43pm on January 29, 2012, mary rourke said…

Hi Amanda,

as the 5 for Fairness director of communications. I help new team leaders set up their team page.  Your is very good and if you would like to make it even better, I suggest a shorter introduction that amounts to a mission statement. Take a look at the Breaking Ground team page. It's a good model. You can also check out our Team Leader Playbook which has detailed instructions on how to create your page. Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask. You're off to a great start! Mary

At 4:59pm on January 22, 2012, mary rourke said…

Hi Amanda,

Welcome to 5 for Fairness. I admire the work you do and your commitment to preparing girls and young women to be more independent and self-supporting. I look forward to reading more, seeing photos, learning about new developments in your program.



At 8:12pm on January 10, 2012, 5 for Fairness said…

Hi and welcome to 5 for Fairness! I'm Anna, the founder. In order to become a voting member of our giving circle and vote to help decide the winner of our next - and all future - grants,  you will need to donate a minimum of $5 to our collective grant account. 100% of your donation goes directly to the grant account.  You can  donate via Paypal (they take all major credit cards) or the USPS still delivers to:
5 for Fairness
PO Box 491623
Los Angeles, CA 90049

We'll be giving another grant away soon and look forward to your help deciding which nonprofit working to make the world fair for girls most deserves it. If you have any questions about how things work, please leave a comment on my page.

Again, welcome to the circle!



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